Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Johanna Reiss, author of THE UPSTAIRS ROOM and THE JOURNEY BACK, received a charming dinner invitation....
At a recent school visit, Johanna Reiss, author of the Newbery Honor Book, THE UPSTAIRS ROOM and its sequel, THE JOURNEY BACK, received an invitation to a formal dinner following the visit. We couldn't resist sharing the invitation with you, although for privacy’s sake, we deleted the address and telephone number of the host:
Roughly translated, the first line reads, "You’re being invited for the dinner with Johanna," and the line beginning with "Stroopwafles" means, "The nearby Trader Joe's sells mini ones, two thin wafers with something sweet and syrupy in between, and coffee that will burn holes in your wooden shoes!
Johanna was totally charmed, as are we, and we hope you will be, too. We’ll see you in line at Trader Joe’s.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
We were pleased to see that FOLLOW FOLLOW (Dial) by Marilyn Singer is included in the Columbus Dispatch's "Children's Books: 20 titles Rate as Best of the Best."
A panel of judges consisting of 25 adults and 31 children from Daniel Wright Elementary School in Dublin and Wickliffe Progressive Community School in Upper Arlington consider hundreds of books from a variety of genres throughout the year.
Please join us in congratulating Marilyn on her book being included in the 2013 list.
Monday, December 2, 2013
"Molly, Alaric and Tobias return to share a final adventure that will intrigue, sadden and ultimately satisfy admirers of their earlier escapades," begins the Kirkus review of THE PRINCESS OF CORTOVA, the third book in Diane Stanley's THE SILVER BOWL trilogy. "Having gained his throne (though it’s still a bit precarious) and possession of a magical loving cup," the review continues, "Alaric has decided to strengthen his position by courting his brother’s widow to create an alliance between the countries of Westria and Cortova. He’s unhappy, to say the least, when he discovers that his uncle (and rival for the crown) seeks to marry his son to the princess. The return of this former adversary as well as the introduction of two clever and unpredictable characters whose intentions and alliances are unclear keeps the suspense high despite the length of the text and the fact that much of the action is relatively subdued. Flowing naturally from prior events, Stanley’s complex plot allows her main characters to display their hard-won wisdom and maturity. Magical elements aren’t woven in quite as seamlessly as before and are likely to seem as confusing to readers as they do to Molly. By contrast, using the game of chess as a framework succeeds splendidly, echoing the complex political maneuvering that is at the heart of the tale.
"Like the earlier volumes, this is an excellent blend of familiar fantasy tropes and original ideas and elements that will please readers while giving them plenty to ponder. (Fantasy. 10-14.)"
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
"In this conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Silver Bowl (2011)," begins Michael Cart's review of The Princess of Cortova in Booklist, "prescient Molly and her friends—young King Alaric and stalwart Tobias—journey from Westria to the Kingdom of Cortova in search of an alliance that will include Alaric’s betrothal to Princess Elizabetta. To complicate matters, however, Alaric’s cousin, the foxy Reynard, King of Austlind, has arrived with a similar goal. Who will win the hand of the fair Elizabetta? And with such high stakes, can treachery be far behind? In a word, no. For Alaric soon finds his life in danger, and in her attempts to help, Molly discovers that her gift of precognition seems to be failing. Stanley has done an uncommonly good job of integrating material from the previous companion novels to ensure a stand-alone adventure. Richly plotted, the narrative evolves like a game of chess. From opening to endgame, the story proceeds at an ever-increasing pace, infused with suspense, unexpected moves, and strategic surprises. Once again Stanley demonstrates her mastery of character, dialogue, and setting, and her fantastical world operates with both the logic necessary for plausibility and the imagination necessary for a successful fantasy. The result is an unforgettable entertainment."